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Remembrance Assembly

Monday November 11th 2019 marked the 100th armistice since the end of World War 1. To commemorate this important date, we held a Remembrance service at school. The service was led by local Methodist minister and school governor, Stephen Robinson and we were also privileged to host guest speaker, local war veteran, Mr. Chris Copeland who explained the role of the British Legion and how the money from poppy and other remembrance items is spent. Maple Class proudly wore the wooden poppies they had made in Forest School and Oak Class presented our visitors with wreaths they had made.

Poetry Slam!

On Monday July 1st primary schools from the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership participated in a Poetry Slam competition held at Somervale School. The event was open to pupils in years 3 and 4 , with a total of eleven teams entering from seven primary schools in the trust. The pupils were tasked with writing their own original poem and then performing it to an audience of about one hundred people comprising of family and friends. Poetry slams involve communicating the spoken word rather than reciting verse. The children were not allowed to use any props, costumes or music but had to bringing their poetry to life using only their voices, movement and body percussion. All children performed confidently and really enjoyed demonstrating their composition and communication skills. The event was judged by Katherine Sanders and Deborah Cawley from Norton Hill School English Department, who were very impressed with the high standard. The results were as follows: 1st place: Longvernal Primary, 2nd place Welton Primary, 3rd place High Littleton Primary.

PTA Easter Competitions

The Hall was buzzing with excitement on the morning of April 5th before school as children brought in their entries for the various Easter competitions: Easter Bonnet, Easter Garden and 2D-Easter Egg. There were about 88 entries of a really high standard showing a huge amount of creativity. The Deputy Mayor of Midsomer Norton, Alastair Slade, kindly agreed to judge the entries. Parents were invited to view the colourful exhibition at 2.30pm whilst enjoying tea and coffee.

Easter Service April 5th 2019


On Thursday April 5th, Stephen Robinson, Minister from Midsomer Norton Methodist Church joined us for our first Easter Service. It was due to be held at the church however the inclement weather meant walking down would have been very unpleasant so Stephen kindly joined us at Longvernal. Willow Class acted out the Easter Story confidently with the help of able narrators. Erin performed a poem about trees which she had written and Grace performed a religious poem, Saving Grace. The choir sang beautifully, A Million Dreams and Count On Me with Freya and Todd performing beautiful solos. Thank you to Katie Thomson for her sterling work with the choir and at singing assemblies.

Football Festival at Somervale School

In March, we walked to Somervale School to be a part of the football festival. All of the children in Maple class had a great time learning new skills and enjoying the artificial turf at Somervale. By the end of the afternoon, all of the class had dribbled, passed and scored many goals!

Midsomerset Festival : Verse Speaking

On Tuesday 12th March, 18children from across Years 1-6 travelled to Bath to participate in the Midsomerset Festival Verse Speaking section. Whilst some were veterans of the event, others were taking part for the first time. We were very proud of all of the children as it is no mean feat to learn a poem off by heart and then perform it with expression to a room full of strangers. Special mention should go to Freya and Todd who came third in their classes and to Ellie who came second.

Longvernal Book Week 2019

2019 Book Week took place from March 4th- 8th. We are constantly trying to encourage the children to try a range of authors and types of books; the book reviews produced and conversations reflected an increasing breadth of authors being enjoyed by our pupils, which was good to see. Key Stage 1 enjoyed a ‘Where’s Wally?’ hunt and it was great that the reading buddy event where older pupils read with younger ones included Nursery this year. Many children entered the Extreme Reading competition with entrants ranging from reading in a tree house and in a ski lift to inside a fake crocodile’s mouth at the zoo! All children from Nursery to Year 6 performed in a poetry show in our World Book Day assembly where the creative efforts of our parents were evident in the amazing array of costumes. Competitions included designing book front covers, book jackets, book marks and writing and sharing book reviews.

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Maple Class Book Week photographs

Speak Out!

On Wednesday 6th March, one month later than the original planned event owing to the snow, our public speaking team competed in the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership ‘Speak Out!’ competition. Sid was poorly so Hope stepped up at the eleventh hour and did an amazing job as Chair together with Ellie and Evren who communicated contrasting viewpoints. Their topic was ‘Should Schools Be Gender Neutral?’ which was a challenging topic but they discussed their points with conviction and clarity. It was a really inspiring evening with a considerable amount of talent from across the nine primaries. Longvernal was proud to awarded the Bronze 3rd place, with Trinity 2nd and St. Julian’s winning.


On Friday 8th February, Year 6 mathematicians from both schools worked in collaboration with their teachers to rise to the challenge of greater depth problem solving. They were presented with challenging problem-solving tasks which necessitated them working together to solve some tricky concepts. They really had to get their heads together to creatively find solutions to tasks beyond normal Year 6 curriculum expectations! Sid, 11, reported, “It was challenging because the morning was split into four parts requiring lots of different skills.” Caitlin, 11, said, “The maths was very challenging, however I found that if you worked with your peers, we were able to work out the answers.” Alun Williams, CEO of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership said: ‘This is exactly the kind of learning opportunity that the Partnership was set up to make happen. Two great schools combining their efforts to give children more opportunity and support to achieve their very best’
Both schools were impressed with the impact of this initiative and plan to continue to work together to build greater depth problem solving skills. Headteachers, John Snell and Kerrie Courtier were delighted with the enthusiasm and mathematical ability of their pupils and have already arranged dates to meet together again in the near future!

Chestnut and Sycamore STEM afternoon

On Friday 8th February, Year 2 and Year 6 pupils took part in the ‘Great Egg Drop’. In mixed aged teams they discussed designs to protect a raw egg to be dropped from the top of the new gymnastic climbing bars. Each team was provided with a very limited amount of simple materials from which to choose, comprising: bubble wrap, sticky tape, crepe paper, tissue paper and cardboard. They were given 20 minutes to devise and produce their creations. Designs ranged from simple parachutes to slow descent to extensive padding and innovative packaging. Having named their teams, consonants and variables were agreed and the experiment was launched. Below are pictures of teams with their designs.
Three teams successfully protected their eggs - well done to our budding engineers!

MSN games small schools football tournament

Tuesday 13th November 2018 @ Somervale School

In the first football fixture of the season, the Longvernal school team produced an outstanding team performance. They began the tournament excitedly watching other schools play as it was ‘a rest match’… But little did they know that this would be their final rest for the next 2 hours! The first match was against Clutton. Longvernal played well as a team and clinched a tense 1-0 victory, thanks to a calm and composed goal from Callum. Without a moment to rest, Longvernal marched onwards to play against Trinity. It was a tight and evenly contested match, ending 0-0, with notable battling performances from Jett, Stern and Colby. In the final group game, Longvernal needed to win or draw in order to progress to the semi-finals. After an even start, Farmborough scored first, but Longvernal came scorching back after an excellent goal on the counter attack by Louey. The match ended 1-1, sending Longvernal to their first ever semi-final at the MSN games small schools football tournament. Drawing a parallel to England’s run to the World Cup semi-final in the summer, Longvernal were on the brink of creating history! The semi-final was against Kilmersdon School. Both teams fought valiantly for the duration of the match, but neither side were able to break the deadlock. Alex and Brandon were a formidable pairing in defence. Extra-time could not separate the sides, so the match needed to be decided by penalty kicks. Captain fantastic, Matty took the first penalty and scored. 1-0 to Longvernal. Kilmersdon replied to even the scores at 1-1. Callum then calmly stepped up to make the score 2-1 to Longvernal. In a huge moment of significance, Harry tipped a Kilmersdon penalty onto the bar to keep the score at 2-1 to Longvernal. With huge pressure on his young shoulders, Noah blasted home the winning penalty to send the players and supporters into raptures and send Longvernal into the final against Farmborough. Longvernal played brilliantly in the final but could not prevent a resurgent Farmborough side from securing a 3-0 victory. Every single player in the Longvernal team contributed to an excellent team performance and an outstanding achievement in finishing as runners up.


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